Renaming the Dragonborn

Now that I’ve decided to go with the OGL, I can’t call the dragon-like humanoids that live in Parsantium “dragonborn”. So what should I call them? Please let me know in the poll below.

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22 thoughts on “Renaming the Dragonborn

  1. I really like the name “Drakken.” To me it sounds similar enough to Dragon and also has the “kin” thing going for it at the end. I don’t think it needs to be muddled up with “-folk” or “-kin” or anything else. I think the name speaks for itself.

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  2. Sorry Rich gonna be awkward, if they are seen favourably I think Drakkenfolk, if not so favourably then Drakken spawn, which sounds far less savoury. Great names in any case.

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    • That’s pretty cool. In 13th Age, they suggest two names – one they call themselves and one that others call them πŸ˜‰

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  3. I won’t edit the poll, as it might break, but I found the note I scribbled this morning that also had Dragonscaled and Drakkenborn on it….

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  4. Of the poll options I prefer Dragonkin – “kin” has a fairly neutral feel, while “spawn” sounds quite negative, almost insulting. “Folk” is, well, folksy ;). Spawn also implies a slightly closer relationship than kin, I think, suggesting that they are offspring rather than distant cousins of dragons. Don’t much like any of the “drakken” options, but “wyrmkin” is good.

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  5. Cheers Graham! Dragonkin certainly seems to be building up a lead. I like “wyrmkin” too but not sure how to pronounce it….

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  6. “Dragonkin” sounds a little as if it might be a hybrid race, but is my pick of the options. Is “Draconids” taken?

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  7. I went for Dragonkin as well, pretty much for Graham’s reasons above. ‘Wyrmkin’ is a good option, because the word ‘wyrm’ is cool. Although it does have something of the sinister about it, so might be a possibility for a pejorative term that others use about them (which could be reclaimed by the more Gothy dragonkin types πŸ™‚ ).

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  11. I picked Dragonkin. My preferred ruleset is 3e, but I found the change from “Lizardmen” to “Lizard Folk” to be a bit too much like political correctness rather than a change made to make the name roll off of the tongue better. (“Lizardkin” would have been a much better gender neutral name.)

    Aside from my issues with “Folk”, the other reason I went with “Dragonkin” is that it is more obvious that these critters are thought to be related to dragons. It isn’t “sounds a bit like dragon” it is “dragon with a suffix”. I think that gives you more clarity.

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  12. Cheers Dave! Clearly my WordPress skills aren’t as good as I thought they were as the poll was supposed to close automatically on Friday night πŸ˜‰ Anyway, dragonkin ended up with most votes, so that’s what I’m going with, but I’m going to use Drakken and Wyrmkin as alternate names.

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